The Anti Group

The Anti Group

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The original idea for the Anti Group was devised by Adi Newton and Steven James Turner as early as 1978, with the intention of the formation of a multi-dimensional research & development project active in many related areas.
Research and development of Sound / Film / Video / Performance and the documentation of each project was the fundamental "Modeus Operandi".
Underlining this basic idea lays the deeper philosophical and theoretical; The first non theoretical action devised by TAG was the Film "The Delivery", a 16mm triptych projection and soundtrack, and the Anti theatre performance "The Discussion" designed for five tape recorders and multi-video projection systems. These two works were first presented at the "De Doelen" center in Rotterdam on Saturday, September 22nd, 1985. "The Delivery" has been exhibited at the "2nd Atonal Festival" in "The Ballhaus Tiergarten" Berlin, Feb 18th 1985 where the soundtrack was recorded on a mobile 24 track system. This document was released as "T A G* - The Delivery" on Atonal Records.

After these initial performances TAG concentrated on Audio development. it was during this period 1985 to 1987 that the above recordings were realized along with the highly acclaimed Ambisonic Album "T • A • G • C* - Digitaria" which is a Technological and Ethnological work based on the ideas of the Sabean cults of ancient Khem and the Dogon tribe of Mali. Having worked through these areas, it became the next logical step to move into the application of Psychophysics developing the use of frequencies and Psychoacoustics with computer aided technology. Performance of these ideas took place at the 3rd Atonal Festival at "Alte TU-Mensa, Berlin" on December 13th, 1986 and "SO 36" Berlin on Feb 14th 1987 and at the "Museum of Contemporary Art" Prato, Italy on Sept 23rd 1988. It was at this time also that TAG displayed their first Meontological visual experiment "Burning Water". The recordings utilized in these performances were released as part of a series of recordings entitled Meontological Research Recordings 1 + 2.
"Burning Water" has been finalized for release in CD/Video formats. TAG performances were held at the Electro-Acoustic Music Academy Stockholm, August, 23rd 1990 and at the ARS Electronica symposium on Virtual Reality held in Linz, Austria on September 8th, 1990.

In preparation are Meontological Research Recordings 3 + 4. Recording 3 explores the central ideas expressed in the Coulier Noire and recording 4 centers around the current research project into the development of methods and techniques to aid expanded consciousness in collaboration with R.E.S.T., SpaceTimeTanks and Relaxation Center Chicago, America.
The Anti Group have recently started to return to the Arena after a number of years researching and experimenting with different medias and theoretical concepts, currently working on a number of new releases, and have recently contributed an abridged research document and sound piece for the 3rd issue of Antibothis Magazine.
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The Anti Group Discography

Albums

T A G* The Delivery (Album) Atonal Records Germany 1985 Sell This Version
T • A • G • C* Digitaria (Album) Sweatbox UK 1986 Sell This Version
SEX 010 T.A.G.C* ShT(12", MiniAlbum) Sweatbox SEX 010 UK 1986 Sell This Version
SAX 013 T.A.G.C.* Meontological Research Recording Record 1(LP, Album) Sweatbox SAX 013 UK 1987 Sell This Version
T.A.G.C.* Meontological Research Recording Record 2 Teste Tones (Album) Side Effects, Side Effects UK 1988 Sell This Version
T.A.G.C.* Iso-Erotic Calibrations (Album) Musica Maxima Magnetica, Anterior Research Recordings Italy 1994 Sell This Version
DFX17 TAGC* Burning Water(CD, Album) Side Effects DFX17 US 1994 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

SOX 009 The Anti Group Ha - Zulu(12") Sweatbox SOX 009 UK 1985 Sell This Version
T.A.G.C.* Big Sex Sweatbox UK 1987 Sell This Version
T.A.G.C.* Broadcast Test (Single) Wax Trax! Records Germany 1989 Sell This Version
SOM100616 The Anti Group, Matar (4), Mykel Boyd The Anti Group, Matar (4), Mykel Boyd - Phantom Airwaves Presents:(Flexi, 7", Shape, S/Sided, Single) Somnimage SOM100616 US 2016 Sell This Version

Compilations

The Anti Group Audiophile (Comp, Album) Side Effects, Anterior Research Recordings US 1994 Sell This Version

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cvoltaire02

cvoltaire02

December 17, 2003
The Anti-Group is former Clock DVA member/vocalist Adi Newton's multi-media side project which he formed shortly after his previous group folded in 1984. He remained active in this outfit until just after he re-formed Clock DVA in 1988. A lot of the material is quite dark, but some of the works went so far as to earn the title of 'industrial-jazz' which is a fair discription of some of the music, but not all. Newton employed the talents of fellow technocrat Richard Kirk of Cabaret Voltaire to do the production work on the initial material which was a combination of hard, oblique electro-funk (much harder than the Clock DVA stuff) and...yup, free-jazz (!?). Later, tagged as T.A.G.C. (after the four proteins that make up DNA), a more electronic/techno path was pursued.

The experimental/industrial Sweatbox label, based in the UK, introduced the project to those who were into the harder, more aggressive and less commercial aspects of that music, as well as material by fellow acts Perennial Divide/Meat Beat Manifesto, and Primary Industry (a sort of a more dissonant version of the Cocteau Twins) to name two.

In the mid-90s, 'Audiophile' a compilation of tracks from mostly singles and EPs, originally released around 1985-90, was released on the Italian 'Side Effects' label.

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